That is the message sent by so many of the sit-coms involving a married couple with a family. The two that come to mind are: “Everybody Loves Raymond,” and “Home Improvement.” Now, you might say, “But Home Improvement is all about ‘tool-man Taylor’. He’s a macho, manly-man.” But if you’ve ever watched it, who is the one always “groveling” to his wife, going to “Wilson” for advice, making mistakes with the children, and apologizing to everyone? Yep! Tim Taylor. Same is true for “Everybody Loves Raymond.” The man is always wrong. I can’t think of one episode where he was not made out to be the bumbling idiot. (Some might argue that that is his own fault because he acts like a bumbling idiot) The point is, shows like this annoy me.
Sometimes I listen to Dr. Laura on the radio after Rush Limbaugh when I am going to visit shut-ins. What can I say? It keeps me awake. Dr. Laura, for all of her faults and errors, is pretty good on applying natural law to sticky situations. I don’t always agree with her advice, but I do respect her opinions on feminism. Today she was talking about this characteristic of feminism–that the man is always wrong. Tonight I was watching reruns of Home Improvement on Satellite and that message came out loud and clear! The man is always wrong. I would love to see a show that was fair toward both sexes, poking fun at the faults and foibles of both husbands and wives, men and women. Even the Cosby show in the eighties had this fault about it–did you ever see Clair Huxtable make a mistake?
Perhaps some would say, “You may not like the shows, but they reflect the reality of marriages today.” Of course, a show where the husband was a loving, thoughtful protector of the wife and family and where the wife was the one who always seemed to miss the mark would never sell.